Watch where you geaux, no contraflow Saturday
BATON ROUGE - Contraflow will no longer be utilized on Nicholson Drive following LSU home football games.
Changes to gameday traffic were released Tuesday, ahead of Saturday's season opener against McNeese at Tiger Stadium. Nicholson will be open to two-way traffic and drivers will be encouraged to use Burbank Drive to move traffic away from campus.
"Our goal is to create a steady flow of moving traffic and to avoid that 'stop-n-go' effect," LSU assistant athletic director David Taylor said in a news release.
"We're going to use Burbank's four lanes, two lanes moving in each direction, to move as many people as possible," Baton Rouge Police spokesperson Don Coppola said.
LSU said a directional exiting method will be used again this season, though. It forces fans to leave campus through specific directions as determined by law enforcement officers.
"We are trying to move as many vehicles as possible away from campus and to their final destination in a safe and efficient manner," Taylor added. "We need everyone involved in the process to be patient and cooperative. Getting thousands of cars off campus takes time, but we are confident that this plan will allow us to keep vehicles moving and hopefully be a better experience for our fans."
Street parking will not be allowed on Nicholson Drive and Burbank Drive south of Skip Bertman. Tailgating is allowed in the grass areas along Nicholson, but fans will not be allowed to park in that area, LSU said.
Also following the game, Nicholson Drive between North Stadium and South Stadium Drive will have no post-game vehicular traffic. Traffic will be forced north and south at these streets with no cross traffic allowed. This operation will allow fans to cross Nicholson Drive.
Parking has been added for all SEC games at the University Recreation Fields off Gourrier and the driving range will be used again this year for public parking along with additional painted spaces in public parking lots, university officials said.
LSU will post updates on www.LSUsports.net/parking. The university also invited people to take part in a Facebook Q&A with LSU Athletics officials and share their parking- or traffic-related stories Thursday at 11 a.m.